Ep 107: Coping Mechanisms & Codependent Behaviour

How can educators cultivate healthy coping mechanisms?

In this eye-opening episode, Dr Sarah Woodhouse, research psychologist and trauma expert, unravels the intricate layers of coping mechanisms and self-care for educators. Sarah dissects the roots of codependency, unveiling its origins in childhood and its manifestation in adulthood.

Get a unique perspective on healthy coping mechanisms, emphasising the necessity of self-connection amidst life’s challenges. Sarah’s approach challenges societal norms and invites you to question ingrained beliefs. Addressing cultural pressures and guilt, Sarah will empower you to embrace rest without remorse.

Press play to dive into your transformative journey toward authentic self-discovery, curiosity, and greater wellbeing.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ The difference between healthy and unhealthy coping

▫️ Why codependency can become problematic

▫️ How to stop reacting and start living

▫️ And so much more.

You can quote us on that…

“The measure of success for me is when I can be in my kid’s pain, stay regulated and stay connected to self.”

Dr Sarah Woodhouse

“Codependency is about us trying to control somebody else’s behaviour and our self-esteem being pegged to that.”

Dr Sarah Woodhouse

“Re-parenting…moving towards ourselves with curiosity and love.”

Dr Sarah Woodhouse


Dr Sarah Woodhouse – Website | Instagram | Book

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I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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